Sir Paul McCartney has announced his first ever stadium tour of the UK and Ireland.
He begins with a concert in Dublin, Ireland, before headlining at the Isle of Wight Festival on its closing night, Sunday 13 June. Stadium shows in Scotland and Wales follow, before a concert in London's Hyde Park on Sunday 27 June.
There is speculation that he will announce a further date at Wembley Stadium in the coming weeks. If confirmed, it will be McCartney's first solo show at the London venue.
McCartney played only one show in the UK in 2009, at London's O2 arena, as part of his European tour. His forthcoming dates, including those previously announced for America, are:
- 28 March: Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
- 30 March: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
- 31 March: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
- 3 April: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
- 5 April: Coliseo De Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
- 12 June: RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
- 13 June: Isle of Wight Festival
- 20 June: Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
- 26 June: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
- 27 June: Hard Rock Calling, London, England
It's always brilliant to play for the home crowd and these dates are ones that me and the band are really excited about.
Tickets for the Hard Rock Calling event in London go on sale on 5 March, while Isle of Wight Festival tickets are already available. Tickets for McCartney's June concerts are available via paulmccartney.com/tickets, using the presale code PMFAN, and go on general release from Monday 8 March.
The 26 June concert at the Millennium Stadium will be the ex-Beatle's first gig in Cardiff for nearly 31 years. The city is the birthplace and home of The Beatles Bible website, and we'll be reporting from the event.
I want to make sure it's a great night for everyone, a total blast. We want it to be a night that none of us forget. The last time I was there was with Wings in the '70s so there's a lot for us to catch up on.
Me and the band can't wait to get to Cardiff and rock out at the Millennium Stadium, which we have been looking forward to playing for quite a while now.
Also on this day...
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform in Cambridge
- 1969: Paul McCartney produces Mary Hopkin’s Goodbye
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
- 1965: Filming: Help!, the Bahamas
- 1964: US single release: Twist And Shout
- 1964: The Beatles begin filming A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Television: ABC At Large
- 1963: Live: City Hall, Sheffield
- 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1962: Live: St John’s Hall, Bootle
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
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